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Kristijan Fidanovski
Kristijan is the Editor in Chief of The Vostokian. Born and raised in Macedonia, he began his international experience at the age of 16 when he moved to Duino, Italy, where he finished his final two years of high school at the United World College of the Adriatic. After leaving Italy, Kristijan pursued an undergraduate degree in Politics and East European Studies at University College London between 2014 and 2017. In the fall of 2017, Kristijan will enroll into the prestigious M.A. program in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Outside of formal education, Kristijan has participated in a variety of summer schools and youth engagement projects in the Balkan region. He is fluent in Macedonian, Serbian, English, Italian, and German. His primary interests are the sociopolitical affairs of the ex-Yugoslav countries.
Translation: Congratulations to our fellow Serb, Trump!

2016 has been a turbulent year for the Balkans. But isn’t any year with no war (Turkey certainly came close) a good year by this region’s standards? The Vostokian has ...
Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

In 2005, 14-year-old Macedonia became the second EU candidate member from former Yugoslavia after Croatia. Having largely avoided the horrors of the Yugoslav Wars, led by the strongly pro-European SDSM ...
The Archaeological Museum of Macedonia, one of several pompous structures recently built by the government.

Ever since the Przino Agreement of July 2015, Macedonia’s upcoming parliamentary elections have been framed by the country’s two main political parties as the most important since independence in 1991. ...
Macedonia is at a vital crossroads.

The most peculiar thing about Macedonian politics today is that voters actually have it easy. A highly turbulent 2015 in Macedonia has given birth to an unlikely silver lining which ...
Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito

Twenty-six years after the official end of the Cold War with the now historic handshake between George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in Malta in 1989, the East-West dilemma could ...
A group of protesters in front of the Macedonian Embassy in London.

For the past two months the Republic of Macedonia has been absorbed by a profound political crisis caused by the disclosure of incriminating phone conversations between government officials by the ...
A banner in the main quad at Macedonia's biggest public university in Skopje.

In the past four months, two of the most important criteria for democracy in the contemporary sense have reached opposite extremes in Macedonia. The first one is the strength of ...